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SES 16 / GovSat

SES 16/GovSat [OSC]

SES-16/GovSat is a communications satellite, that has been ordered by LuxGovSat, a joint venture between SES and the Luxembourg government, from the satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK, Inc.

The satellite will be built on Orbital's GEOStar-3 bus. It will be positioned at 21.5 East and is scheduled for launch in Q2 2017.

SES-16/GovSat is a multi-mission satellite using dedicated military frequencies (X-band and military Ka-band) to provide high-powered and fully steerable spot beams for multiple government-specific missions. The satellite will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Luxembourg government has pre-committed to a significant amount of capacity on the new satellite in support of its NATO obligations; the remaining capacity will be made available to governmental and institutional customers.

SES-16/GovSat will feature a special port, which allows a hosted payload to dock with it in orbit. The port will be the support structure for an unidentified hosted payload to be launched on a future SES satellite and then released in the vicinity of SES-16. The 200 kg, 500-watt payload then will travel to SES-16 and attach itself.

Nation: Luxembourg
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: SES, LuxGovSat
Contractors: Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)
Equipment: X-band and military Ka-band transponders
Configuration: GEOStar-3
Propulsion: IHI BT-4, 4 × XR-5 Hall Current Thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years (fueled for >16 years)
Mass: ~4000 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SES 16/GovSat - 2017 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2
Further SES missions: